By Sylvester Gawi – EM TV, Lae
New Ireland’s Robson Yinambe has won gold in the men’s high jump, edging out Morobe’s Reginald Monagi in a thrilling finish yesterday afternoon.
Both men put on an excellent performance finishing off at 1.77 metres, while NCD’s Cairo Peruka settled for the bronze at 1.71.
Robson Yanambe, a silver medallist for the men’s high jump at the 2012 PNG Games in Kokopo and was selected for team PNG’s train-on squad for the 2015 Pacific games.
The New Ireland youngster was impressive in his jumps, curving his body in flight over the crossbars.
Yanambe is a success story of the PNG games and he is confident of making it into team PNG for the South Pacific games next year.
It was a stiff competition in the men’s high jump, with many raw talents taking part in the event.
East, West New Britain, Western Highlands, Enga and Simbu were among the provinces that sent amateur athletes to compete against some of PNG’s elite high jumpers.
For youngster Allen Kitaun, from WNB, it was his first time to compete at the PNG Games.
Other promising athletes who finished off at 1.65 meters were East New Britain’s Immanuel Peni, Morobe’s Cletus Mosi and NCD’s Poiya Vagi.
Cairo Peruka fom NCD also went down at 1.71meters, settling for the bronze medal.
Morobe’s Reginald Monagi was also upset, finishing below his personal best of 1.83metres.
Reginald however is determined to be part of the development team for the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
In the women’s high jump, a Markham Valley Secondary School student took out the Gold medal for Morobe.